WFP has praised The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for its decision to allocate a set amount of its humanitarian budget to improving emergency preparedness in developing countries.
Luxembourg has decided to target five per cent of its
Luxembourg has shown commendable foresight in setting aside part of its assistance to help prepare for crises long before they occur
John Aylieff, Director of WFP’s Assessment, Analysis and Preparedness Division
humanitarian funds for disaster preparedness. Within this framework, today it announced a donation €250,000 to three WFP projects in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Niger aimed at setting up hunger warning systems.
“Luxembourg has shown commendable foresight in setting aside part of its assistance to help prepare for crises long before they occur,” said John Aylieff, Emergency Coordinator and Director of WFP’s Assessment, Analysis and Preparedness Division.
“Strong national early warning systems are fundamental to enabling governments to take actions that will avert crises and protect populations and save lives when they do happen.”
A Luxembourg donation of €100,000 will go to WFP’s programme in Niger, a country that has one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world.
The money will be used to reinforce its national capacity for early warning, monitoring and rapidly evaluating the food security of the population.
A further €75,000 will go towards similar WFP activities in Nicaragua, the second poorest country in Latin America, still recovering from decades of civil war and a series of natural disasters.
Extreme weather patterns
WFP El Salvador is also to receive €75,000 to improve the capacity of local institutions to assess the potential combined impact of local food prices and markets, and natural hazards such as La Niña and El Niño extreme weather patterns.
“Strengthening a nation’s capacity to better assess its food insecurity challenges as the result of a shock or a protracted food crisis will not only enable those countries to respond more effectively, but also facilitate WFP’s own efforts to address needs,” said Aylieff.
Although Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in the developed world it has the highest per capita level of donation to WFP, donating €24 per person a year to WFP.